An MP has called for the Government to take decisive action to repair the county's damaged roads.

Priti Patel, MP for Witham, has written to Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, calling for urgent action to repair key strategic routes in Essex - including the A120 and A12.

Many roads have been left in a poor state since The Beast from the East arrived in the UK.

Ms Patel said: “Our road network has taken a battering in recent days. The damage caused poses a risk to safety and could also damage vehicles with debris and potholes.

"I am pressing the Department for Transport and Highways England to check our strategic roads and take action to repair damage as soon as possible.”